Lookout Point, the London based drama studio run by Faith Penhale, has hired Alice Pearse and Katie Draper as Executive Producers as it continues to expand the business and build on its innovative drama slate and first-class creative team.
Alice Pearse has an enviable track record in both production and development. She joins from Left Bank, having just produced the much-anticipated QUIZ for ITV / AMC written by James Graham and directed by Stephen Frears. Before joining Left Bank Alice worked at Kudos, where her credits include Ronan Bennett’s BBC drama Gunpowder. In 2017, Alice was also named as one of Broadcast’s Hotshots.
Katie Draper joins from Playground, where she has been a Creative Director since 2017 spearheading, amongst other projects, the development of Harriet Warner’s Dangerous Liaisons and Ben Vanstone’s revived All Creatures Great and Small. Prior to this, Katie worked in development for Kudos and Tiger Aspect, and her diverse credits include My Mad Fat Diary and the award-winning Peaky Blinders.
Working alongside Penhale, Creative Director Laura Lankester and the recently promoted Executive Producer Will Johnston, Pearse and Draper will each focus on developing a slate of new projects, as well as joining forces on existing Lookout Point projects currently in development.
Faith Penhale said: “Great drama starts with great people and Alice and Katie are two of the best. I have long admired their talent and creativity and they are loved by writers. As we continue to grow in 2020, I can’t wait to see what they do as part of the Lookout Point team.”
Lookout Point, which is owned by BBC Studios, is one of the UK’s leading producers of television drama, known for delivering series with scale, ambition, and global impact. Its recent show Gentleman Jack, created by Sally Wainwright for BBC One and HBO, has been recommissioned for a second series. 2019 also saw Lookout Point’s epic adaptation of Les Misérables from Andrew Davies. Looking forward, the company recently finished shooting the first ever screen adaptation of Vikram Seth’s novel A Suitable Boy on location in India, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding), and produced the latest four episode instalment of Last Tango In Halifax currently airing on BBC One.